GRAMMY® nominee for her first album, The Janet Lawson
Quintet, with Bill O’Connell, Ratzo B. Harris, Jimmy Madison and Roger
Rosenberg, she has also performed with Duke Ellington, Tommy Flanagan, Clark
Terry, Billy Hart, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, David and Lida Baker, Bob
Dorough, and numerous others.
Performances include jazz festivals and clubs throughout the US, Canada,
Europe and Asia. Lawson is a co-founder of The New School Vocal Jazz Program
and has created Vocal Jazz Programs in schools and music camps throughout
Latvia, conducted Vocal Jazz Master Classes throughout the US, Canada, London,
Paris, other European countries and Asia.
Lawson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including grants
from the National Endowment for the Arts for composing and co-writing with lyricist Diane Snow Austin,
“JASS IS A LADY”, supported by ASCAP and produced by Playwrights Horizons in
NY; the Rockefeller Foundation; and the NY and PA Councils on the Arts and ArtsLink. She is listed in the New Grove Dictionary of
Jazz and the All Music Guide to Jazz, included in Leslie Gourse’s Louis’
Children, and Scott Yanow’s The Jazz Singers.
The Japanese Record Label, CELESTE, has released a double CD of her
previous recordings. Lawson’s forthcoming books include The Integrated Artist:
Improvisation as a Way of Life and a soon-to-be-published children’s book
and accompanying CD about the history of
jazz, Grandma Sage and her Magic Music Room, co-written with renowned composer
and author, Carman Moore. Lawson was
nominated for the 2007 IAJE Jazz Education Hall of Fame Award. She received a Collaborative Project Award
with Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts, Craig Houser. Lawson presented, TWO AS
ONE, a clinic with Ratzo B. Harris at JEN 2010.
featured artist in March 2011 Allegro Woman's History Month. Private
Studies include Hall Overton, Warne March, Hal Galper.